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How do I Apply for STEAM?

We welcome students from all over the district who are interested in a STEAM education.

Kindergarten Lottery

The 2022-2023 Kindergarten Lottery application will open January 1, 2022. 

If you are interested in the STEAM Academy at Haskell for a student currently in Kindergarten through 4th grade, please complete the interest form by clicking on the button below, under 'non-lottery application'. 

 

Eligibility

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE STEAM ACADEMY KINDERGARTEN LOTTERY AT HASKELL YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Complete an application at the RPS 205 Welcome Center (501 7th Street, Rockford, IL 61104, 1st floor) any time in January 2022 through the deadline, March 11, 2022.
  2. Parent/Guardian must attend one mandatory orientation.
     

Mandatory Orientation Dates (must attend ONE)

Thursday, January 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m.
 

 How Seats are Filled

A computerized, random lottery is run in April for students who applied and whose parent/guardian attended an orientation. Sibling priority is given to students living in the same home as students who are already enrolled in the program (pre-kindergarten through 4th grade). Sibling preference does not apply to applicants for the upcoming year whose only sibling is currently enrolled in 5th grade.

As limited seats become available, they are filled from eligible students on the interest list. Interest form responses are also considered. Families interested in the STEAM Academy at Haskell after open application dates are closed may fill out an interest form at the Welcome Center. Interest forms are time stamped, and an interest list is maintained in this order.

 

Waitlist

A lottery waitlist is created and each student is assigned a number. 

When all lottery waitlist students have been placed the interest list is used to place students. Sibling preference or prior STEAM/STEM experience within a year, a mandatory orientation appointment at the school and interest form responses are considered when placing students.  

Steam Academy Waitlist

Non-Lottery Application

K-5 Interest Forms can be completed by by contacting the school or the welcome center for students entering grades 1-4. 

Interested Students in Grades 1-5

  • Students from any zone may fill out an application. 
  • Limited seats may be available, with waitlists at some grade levels.
  • Complete an application at the RPS 205 Welcome Center.
  • A mandatory orientation appointment is scheduled with the principal as seats become available; sibling preference, prior experience and interest in the program are considered for placement. ​

Have Questions?

Ms. Loree Leathers 
STEAM Academy Principal
loree.leathers@rps205.com

Dr. Heather Psaltis 
Executive Director of Schools and Special Programs
heather.psaltis@rps205.com